In modern context, when you ask peoples about bible, they might pop you back with the questions "which bible you are talking about?" You can have Microsoft office 2003 bible, wine bible, work out bible, even stuffs like the barbecue bible, cake bible etc.
When you Google it out, you will get definitions like:
A comprehensive manual that describes something. (e.g., handyman’s bible); A holystone
When Joel ask us what Bible stand for, and told us it mean Basic Instruction Before Leaving Bible, I think it is really a good one.
While the bible consist of the old testament and new testament, written about how God create the heaven and the earth, how man falls into sin, multiplied; how God choose Israel as the chosen generation, Jesus came, died and raise after third day, and the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ and the salvation for man kinds.
Bible exist for many reasons, to tell the world the many truths about God like:
- The creation of the universe
- The fall of man kinds and its history
- God characters like His wrath, anger, His love, mercy, grace, forgiveness, holiness, and power
- How God can use normal human being like Moses, Joshua, Elijah, Peter, Paul etc to perform miracle and share His wills.
- The life of Jesus, why He have to die for sin of man, and raised from dead on the 3rd day
- The promise of God
- The prophecies of judgement days and God plan of salvation of man kind
- God love you so much that He gave His only son Jesus to die for our sin on the cross, who so ever believe in Him, shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16)
- All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:15 ~ 17)
In fact, bible teaching can be found in many ways, like those motivation posters, greeting cards, the civil laws etc has borrow or quote the bible in one forms or another. It was so powerful that some peoples even twisted it and form their own religions.
BIBLE : Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth.
The greatest commandment:
"Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbour as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments." (Matthew 22:34 ~ 40 NIV)
The great commission:
Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." (Matthew 28:18~20)
I must confess, time to times again I have problems reading the words of God, it was so much easier for me just to pick up a manga, magazine, novel then read compare to reading bible. Which by right as a Christian shouldn't be the case.
But when I started to put my thoughts and started to type this blog, I just realised that I have learn so much from the bible and from God that I am who I am today, is all because of what He has done to me and done through me. I didn't have intentions to type such a long post, it can be longer but is getting late atm so wanting to go to sleep.
I think one of the main points I want to come across is that, bible which consist of the hidden knowledge of God, which God leaves for us so that we can find Him, to learn from it and apply to the teaching. So that we can live with harmony and peace with one another (if everyone on earth do that, maybe the world peace will really come?) til the day when we meet Jesus face to face.